Do the dosha diet
Diet fanatics, listen up: there's a new eating ritual in town. The 5:2, Atkins and caveman diets are a thing of the past - step forward the dosha diet. It derives from one of the oldest weightloss regimes on earth, ayurveda, which began in ancient India and involves mind-body medicine. Made up of three types of bio-energy (also known as doshas) that control the body, vata (ether and air), pitta (mainly fire) and kapha (water and earth) are the areas focused on.
Ayurvedic physician at the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen Resort in Germany, Vanita Kansal, explains to Natural Health magazine that while this practice is complicated, it comes down to all three doshas being balanced. This will result in "great health" and maintaining the optimum weight for our bodies.
"However, when they fall out of balance, so too does our weight. Most commonly the culprit is unbalanced kapha. We have too much heavy earthiness within our systems so our bodies literally become heavier," she added.
It's easy to follow though, with no calorie counting, measuring or weighing. To keep everything even, followers take part in exercise, meditation and breathing rituals, as well as keeping up with a healthy diet.
So what exactly should you eat to keep your kapha balanced? Dr. Kansal has some recommendations.
"Generally speaking, your diet should consist of light, warm and dry meals. Unlike many diets, ayurveda doesn't tout loads of raw foods and salads for dinner, as cold, raw vegetables (and fruit) is considered hard to digest," she advised.
If you are a fan of salad but want to give this a go, swap them for a stir fry full of freshly cooked vegetables like green beans and peppers.
Warm drinks are encouraged too, with herbal teas and hot water being advocated. Sip throughout the day, but make sure you drink little while eating your meal and try to wait for an hour after finishing the food to allow it to digest properly.
On the topic of food, small portions are important, as is avoiding eating late at night. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are known to mess with the kapha, but foods like corn, quinoa and buckwheat work wonders. Try to lay off dairy-heavy options also.
Spices, chicken and turkey and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all praised, as are honey and small amounts of mustard or sesame oil.